Margaret Bloomquist is a Research Assistant in my program. One of her many responsibilities is for the medicinal herb projects. Here is a post she wrote for this week:
It finally smells like spring! Hopefully this finds you all
well, with seed orders arriving, garden and farm maps in hand, and the season’s
plants sprouting. We’re here to help you
with medicinal herb sourcing, production, and marketing.
There are many regional and national buyers eager to source
medicinal herbs from western North Carolina, both woods-cultivated and field
grown plants. There is an especially great demand for Certified Organic herbs,
and great potential for grower/buyer contracts for specific herbs.
One of our current projects, funded by the WNC Agriventures grant,
focuses on strengthening the value chain of medicinal herbs in WNC by
developing training materials and programming for growers, wild harvesters, and
manufacturers. This includes a program
where we match growers with buyers to increase the supply from our region. We will also be holding a GAPs (Good Agricultural Practices) for Medicinal Herbs Training Event in April. See below for updates on Woodland Botanicals,
Field-Cultivated Medicinal Herbs, and Upcoming Events. Happy March!
Our woodland botanicals are
preparing to emerge as our first spring ephemerals lead the blooming. Bloodroot
and mayapple are such beautiful signs of spring in the mountains! Keep a patient
eye out for emerging seedlings such as goldenseal, ginseng, ramps, and others
you may have planted in the fall or in years past. The most popular woodland
herbs for cultivation this year include black cohosh, bloodroot, ginseng,
goldenseal, and wild yam.
Field Medicinal Herbs
What are you growing this
year? Do you have a buyer lined up? Please be in touch and we can work on the
marketing aspect together. We have 8 buyers and over 30 growers already using
our pilot matchmaking service, and demand continues to be much greater than
supply. The most popular herbs for field
cultivation this year include Echinacea purpurea, Echinacea Angustifolia,
Dandelion, and Calendula.
the Spring! March 11th, 5-8pm. The networking mixer for the Natural
Products Industry at MG Road (under Chai Pani). Join us to mingle with growers,
product makers, educators and industry professionals. There will be a silent auction with
natural products and services to benefit the North
Carolina Natural Products Association. Appetizers will be provided. Please thank MG Road for hosting by enjoying their great cocktails and elixirs! This is a free
event but please
RSVP, because space is limited.
Herb Growers Club - Spring Educational Event. March 12th, 4-6pm. Join us at
the Research Station in Mills River for an educational and networking event. We’ll talk about "Herb Selection – What to Grow?" Site preparation and resources available to you will
also be covered. This is a free event, but please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Labels: bloodroot, buyers, Echinacea, ginseng, goldenseal, growers, herb club, medicinal herbs